Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

September Newsletter

Executive Director Update

It has been another rough month here in the Great Pacific Northwest. Massive fires destroying communities heaped onto a pandemic, sustained riots, businesses closing left and right, school closures, families displaced, and political infighting on a national and historic scale. Many of us (me for sure) may be wondering how much more can we take? What can we rally our minds and hearts toward so we can move "forward"? It would be glib to attempt answer that with a platitude.

Life continues to present itself unpredictably in a way that has ripped many of us from our comfort zone and what we are familiar with. The reality has always been: We don't know what may happen next, or what dramatic issues we may be facing. So what can we rally to as Leaders? In all of this, all we can really be certain of is our ability to show-up. As Nurses and Leaders, we show-up. We strive to make calm out of chaos. We provide profoundly impact care on a scale from individuals to entire communities.

It's who we are today, will be tomorrow and every day after.

You are the faces of courage, grace and grit.


PS: Thank you Moe Carrick, for sharing the concept of "Showing-Up" as a leader. It has stuck with me and feels like a rallying cry as of late. We look forward to learning more from you at our Virtual Summit in October!

Meeting of the Membership

Our 2020 Meeting of the Membership will be happening virtually as large meetings are still not possible. It will take place Wednesday, October 7th at 5 pm over Zoom. You will receive a calendar invite.

We will share organizational updates and vote on the bylaws.

The updates to the bylaws are to make our new name official along with updated Purpose, Vision, and Principles. The bylaws also contain an update to specifically allow virtual business meetings. 

If you can't make it and would like to designate a proxy to vote on your behalf, these board members will attend and can serve as your proxy:

Download the Proxy voter form from the Members Area -> Resources -> NWONL Files. Print out and sign the form, filling in your name and address at the top, one of the proxies above, sign & date, then deliver or scan and email it to one of the above.

You may download and review through the proposed bylaws here.

Nurse Leader Highlights

When the fires swept through Southern Oregon and Central Washington over Labor Day, small communities across the states were impacted. Towns were devastated by the fires and the community hospitals moved quickly to prepare to evacuate as well as handle an influx of patients. Once again, Nurse Leaders found themselves in the midst of a crisis storm, navigating uncharted waters.

Laura Magstadt, VP of Nursing with Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Oregon, shared her story during the CNO / Dean Rounding call this month. In all of the upheaval, including 90 employees losing their homes, many more having to call off to evacuate, and remaining employees covering extra shifts, Asante employees leapt into action to provide supplies, support and rest for those affected. [Asante Newsbrief]. 

Celebrating our Members

Congratulations to Debbie Brinker for being recognized and honored by Spokane's YWCA, Woman of Achievement award 2020.

Debbie’s passion, drive, empathy, commitment to her profession, and quest for equity have been recognized by others as well. She has received numerous awards and honors across the span of her career. She has made an incredible impact on the health care system, the university experience for nursing students, and on lives in Spokane and throughout the state of Washington. Garnering respect and admiration from students, peers, and administrations, she has touched many lives. For decades to come, her work will have a ripple effect of positive change and will aid in the creation of a more equitable state. - YWCA Spokane

We know you are doing exciting things out there that are worthy of Celebrating! And we have the perfect place to do that very thing in the NWONL Leader Highlights. Send us a quick note so we can be in the know

NWONL Virtual Summit

Our Virtual Summit is less than 2 weeks away.

We're looking forward to hear from Moe Carrick on Thinking and Leading into the Future on Monday and Nursing Leaders and Race on Friday.

Wednesday, a senior leadership team from Legacy Salmon Creek will share a case study on innovation and Positioning Yourself and Organization for success - based on how they re-imagined the surgical care continuum when they brought back elective surgeries. 

Register Now

News You Can Use

Washington Center for Nursing

Check out WCN's freshly updated webpage and more importantly, the latest work being done around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

They are currently developing tools and resources for nurses and partner organizations in addressing the root cause of those detrimental social determinants of health and how to integrate these into nursing practice. WCN QTR 2 Newsletter

Oregon Center for Nursing

Sign up for OCN's yearly fundraising event on October 8th. A year, A moment, A celebration - You can sign up for this free Here.

Upcoming Events and Regional Councils

Visit the event page for more: NWONL Events